Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestal believes that the current Counter Logic Gaming roster will “never accomplish anything” unless they team up and solve their problems. Meanwhile, the struggling LCS (League of Legends Championship Series) org’s backroom staff is gearing up to reshuffle its League of Legends lineup.
CLG is having a rough time trying to combine two wins together in LCS 2021. Moreover, the organization finds itself directionless in the playoffs in ninth place. CLG had managed to rope in European stars Finn and Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen along with four-time champ Jason “WildTurtle” Tran.
The org’s LoL roster has managed to win only ten games, with three of them coming on the same June weekend. More importantly, their slide isn’t likely to end anytime soon. The Swede didn’t try to sugarcoat the situation during an interview with Dexerto.
“Every day it feels like we take one step forward, then two steps back, all of the time… we solve one issue, put the cork in one hole, then suddenly there’s two other holes that pop up in the boat,” Finn stated after CLG’s 26th loss on Sunday.
“That game against Dignitas, especially, it was disgusting,” he added.
“There’s a lot of problems. We can’t consistently finish out games where we’re ahead, we can’t consistently come back in games where we’re behind. So, what can we do? Everything feels so random, everything. It feels like we’re always waiting — no, relying — on the enemy to mess up, rather than our good plays.
“Our trajectory right now is very ominous and dreading. It’s not going in the right direction. We really need… I really need to do better.”
After the team’s 1–2 weekend, CLG staff have made a change. In a video posted to social media, General manager Daniel “Tafokints” Lee told the playing group “this might be the last we have this roster of five playing.”
“I’m going to be upfront,” he said. “I’m looking at roster swaps. It’s been over two months, we’re not really progressing. So there’s very likely going to be changes.”
The top-level LCS playing roster will probably receive support from their CLG Academy team. The development roster is currently 0–6–6 in Summer, and it is last with a 6–18 overall game record. They recently grabbed the 13-16th spot at Proving Grounds. However, some CLG players believe swaps aren’t likely to work.
Opening up about his stance on swapping and patching their League of Legends roster, Finn said, it “won’t solve anything.”
“No, this isn’t a one-person problem. It’s a five-person problem, the whole team. No matter who is playing, what really needs to change is the mindset,” he said.
“Our mindset is just… it’s a real thorn in the side, and that’s what really needs to be fixed. Sure, you can choose different champions, different players, as band-aids, but we really need to get the roots and cut them up. Anyone can step up and change this, but no one of us has so far. That’s what we really need to change.
“Yeah, I don’t think it’s a one-person problem at all. That isn’t going to fix it,” he continued. “I don’t think roster changes will make any difference to this team.”
According to Finn, the players already in the CLG playing roster will be able to offer the best solution. They boast combined pro appearances of nearly 2,200. The five-man group “should be able to figure it out,” provided there is a resolution. Finn also revealed what he would like to see.
“I want to see us do whatever we think is right as a team. Commit as a team. Every play, it should be five people included… When people start to make individual plays, the team collapses. Team cohesion, being synchronized, that’s it, it’s the best thing to do. Otherwise, we just bleed out.”
“I’m keeping my routines good. Exercise, meditation, practice. Always try to bring my A-game, play the best that I can. It’s like, you know on the planes, they say you have to put your masks on before you can help others. That’s what I can do.
“Right now, I feel like I’m not doing that, so that’s my focus. If I can get back to my highest level, then I can help the team. That’s all I can do right now, I believe.”